(Series 13, Ep.47) Well, that was easier than we thought. Only yesterday, I was hoping that Lulu’s evil ways with a mute button would be her undoing. And today – poof! She’s gone. Vanished from Holby City and on a train bound for That London. Which leads me to speculate – how come Holby is the only fictional city in the Holbyverse? People leave there and go to Penrith or Brussels or London. Real places, not fictional places like Floppington on Sea, or whatever. Weird, that.
But I digress. It was Lulu’s bunny boiler ways that ended her Holby reign of tedium, rather than being a useless/dangerous doctor (after all, Dull Dan is a useless/dangerous doctor, and he’s still there). Basically, she got super-clingy with Michael and tried to ingratiate herself with his daughter, the fabulously feisty Jasmine, who was supposed to be shadowing her dad for the day as a school project.
When it became clear that Jasmine could see straight through Lulu, her thin veneer of niceness dropped away and she got all threatening. “Boarding schools aren’t at all like Hogwarts!” she hissed at the unimpressed schoolgirl, shortly before giving her a slap. That was enough to get her dumped by Michael, but Lulu is not a woman used to being rejected, and she went all “Daddy, I want a squirrel!” on him and threatened to tell Sir Fraser exactly what Michael had been up to, vis a vis dodgy breast implant surgery.
It was all sorted out by Hanssen, on shimmering form (always filmed from below so we can enjoy the feeling of him looming over us), who arranged for Lulu to be “promoted” to a post in London. This wasn’t because Hanssen particularly likes Michael – he so doesn’t – but because the hospital’s future viability would seem to stand or fall on the success of the Plastics department. “This is the first and last time I clean up after you,” Hanssen informed him. Lulu went off to say good riddance to her bezzie mates on AAU, and, like me, they were only too pleased to bid her farewell.
Not only did we get to wave goodbye to Lulu, but the episode marked something of a turnaround for Funny Little Nurse Tait. She actually smiled! She and The World’s Sunniest Nurse, Chantelle, bonded over a pervy patient. Indeed, Chantelle went so far as to write his name up above his bed as “Pepe Le Perv.” Dull Dan, being dull, didn’t realise it was a joke, and asked “Mr Le Perv” if that was the correct way to pronounce his name.
Elsewhere, Young Dr Oliver Valentine asserted himself with Jac by not letting her give a patient good news when she’d sent him to give bad news (if that makes sense). Jac always waits till Oliver’s back is turned before she gives her little grin of approval – it wouldn’t do to let your underling know you rather like it when he mans up.
And there was a new male nurse hanging around. Is my gaydar faulty for suspecting there was a frisson between him and Dull Dan? Frieda would know.
Next time: O-ho! Looks like I was right about the new nurse. And Sahira becomes emotional. Again.
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